Assistant professor, Regional Studies

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 29 Mar 2021

At the University of Vaasa, we think out of the box in order to build a sustainable future. We are a university that invests in the quality of research and teaching in order to tackle the challenges of our time. We educate responsible and internationally-minded leaders and experts. We are well known for our high-quality education and inspirational teachers. Our expertise in the fields of business studies, technology, administrative sciences and communication forms the core of our university. Our discipline-based research is complemented by our phenomenon-driven research platforms.  

We are now inviting applications for the position of Assistant professor for a fixed-term of two years. The position is located in the School of Management in the field of Regional Studies. The starting date is 1.8.2021 or as agreed. The employment is subject to a probationary period.

Regional studies research looks at society and governance through a regional perspective. The research focuses on regional and place-based development as well as innovation policy, innovation processes, and knowledge economies,  and their regional dimensions. The teaching and supervision tasks for this position will focus primarily on the Bachelor's  and Master's  programmes in Administrative Sciences.

The activities in research are undertaken as a part of research group in Public Policy and Organisations . Researchers of Regional studies carry out active project co-operation with the university's multidisciplinary research platforms, especially in relation to sustainable development, innovation and digitalisation.

Your role

As Assistant Professor your duties include independent post-doc research, teaching and thesis supervision in Bachelor's and Master's programmes, as well as university administrative tasks. You will also participate in applying for external funding for research projects and working in national and international projects.   

The yearly working time is 1612 hours based on the collective bargaining agreement for universities. Duties at work are annually agreed upon in the work plan.


As Assistant Professor, you are required to hold a relevant doctoral degree. You should also have the ability to conduct independent scientific work and the teaching skills required for the task.

We are particularly interested in applicants with research background on the themes of the university's research platforms (Innolab , Digital Economy , and Vebic ). Furthermore, ability to teach on the Bachelor's and Master's programmes in the field of Geoinformatics is considered a merit. Doctoral degree in Geography or Regional studies (or similar) is an advantage in the position.  

Personnel recruited to fill teaching and research positions are to be proficient in Finnish. However, the University may grant an exemption from the Finnish language proficiency requirement. Strong English language skills are a prerequisite to succeed in the position. More information about the application process and language requirements:

Inspiring working environment

The research activities of the School of Management  focus on four research groups: Human Resource Management (HRM),  Public Policy and Organizations , Complexity Research  and Strategic Business Development . The Human Resources Management research group is Finland's largest research group focusing on human resources management, and its three main research themes are: international human resources management, strategic human resources management and leadership research. The Research Group on Public Policy and Organizations brings together an active team of researchers in regional science, public administration, public law as well as social and health care administration. In the field of science, the research group represents administrative sciences. The Complexity Research Group is a multidisciplinary top-level research group focusing on the study and analysis of complex and challenging social phenomena. The research of the Strategic Business Development Group focuses on networks and inter-organizational relationships, strategy and strategy processes, and the service business. 

The 5,000 students and 500 employees of the University of Vaasa thrive on the most beautiful campus in Finland, at the seaside. Our university community is international: we come from 80 countries. As an employer, we focus on employee well-being at work by providing extensive occupational health care, flexible working time arrangements and opportunities for competence development. We have been awarded the HR Excellence in Research recognition. Read more about us:


The salary is based on the University Salary System for Teaching and Research Staff.  The salary for an Assistant Professor is based on demand levels 5-6 (2968–3461 €/month). An additional personal salary component is paid based on work performance. 


To apply for the position, please use our online application system ( ). The application including annexes has to be in our online application database by midnight 29.3.2021 (Finnish time, GMT +2). Please note! In order for us to process your application, please ensure that you fill in the fields of the application form thoroughly. 

The application should include the following annexes in English or Finnish:

  • CV. Use of CV template  is required 
  • Teaching portfolio   - addition to CV
  • List of Publications
  • Copies of no more than 6 publications (numbered according to the above publication categories) that the applicant wishes to be taken into account when evaluating their competence and qualifications.
  • An account of ongoing research and future research interests
  • A letter of motivation for the position 

Further information

  • Dean Adam Smale, tel. 029 449 8446
  • Associate Professor Helka Kalliomäki, tel. 029 449 8411 
  • Vice-director Faculty and Management Services Kaisu Piirainen, tel. 029 449 8428
  • e-mail: firstname.lastname(a)

Enquiries about the online application system: careers(a)

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